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Create a welcome refuge for butterflies on your property! Butterfly gardens are a beautiful and beneficial landscape improvement. Learn the critical aspects of how to create a plan, install  and maintain a successful garden to attract butterflies. Ed Gruenwald, Hartman Reserve’s Nature Center Director and representatives from the ISU Extension Master Gardeners Program, will share the ins and outs of this popular type of gardening.  

Start date: 06/04/17

End date: 06/18/17

Tuition: $99.00



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If you don’t know what you are doing, electrical wiring can be a disastrous and deadly. However, if you learn about home wiring correctly, you can save a lot of money. This course will teach you many of the rules governing safe installation of electrical wires or electrical equipment including receptacles, switches, lights and fixtures. Hands-on lab activities are included. Safety equipment is included in class fee. This course does not qualify as a license renewal continuing education class for a state electrical license, nor qualify you to be an electrician.  

Start date: 03/15/17

End date: 05/03/17

Tuition: $249.00



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This course will cover home maintenance projects in plumbing, electrical, wall construction, gypsum installation, mud and taping, painting and trim, and insulation. It will teach you some valuable skills that you can use to safely maintain or repair items in your own home. Hands-on activities are part of the course.

Start date: 04/11/17

End date: 05/09/17

Tuition: $199.00



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This course will cover home maintenance projects in plumbing, electrical, wall construction, gypsum installation, mud and taping, painting and trim, and insulation. It will teach you some valuable skills that you can use to safely maintain or repair items in your own home. Hands-on activities are part of the course.

Start date: 08/30/17

End date: 09/27/17

Tuition: $199.00



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Learn the basics of design from a master gardener and how to apply creative solutions for landscaping your home. Go beyond the typical foundation plantings of “three in a row and a pointy one on the end”.  Topics include low maintenance plantings, weed and pest control, and container gardening. From entry gardens to backyard entertaining areas, make your yard the envy of the neighborhood!  

Start date: 06/01/17

End date: 06/15/17

Tuition: $99.00



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Learn from our expert how to diagnose, tune-up, and perform small engine repairs yourself instead of having someone else fix it, saving you time and money. 

Start date: 04/01/17

End date: 04/08/17

Tuition: $89.00



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